Escobar started the double play with a ridiculous behind-the-back flip with his glove hand right to Zobrist, who bare-handed the ball and whipped it to first to complete the double play by a split second.
It looked almost effortless. Escobar looked cool and composed throughout the play, and he reacts like it's just any other out. I could watch this GIF all day:
And it's not the first time we've seen the Rays infielder make great plays in the field. The 30-year-old Escobar has proven to be one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball year after year, thanks to his great mobility, flashy glove and fantastic arm.
His great defense has helped him continually string together such great highlight reels.
Chicks dig the long ball, but Yunel Escobar offers much more than that. And the fans absolutely gushed over his latest accomplishment in the Twittersphere:
That play by Yunel Escobar to get the double play was crazy. Web gem for sure. Great glove work. #WednesdayNightBaseball— Aaron Carr (@TheRealACarr) July 25, 2013
Yunel Escobar just turned a sickkkk double play #webgem— Peyton Hodge (@peyhodge) July 25, 2013
Jose Iglesias might be the best defensive shortstop in baseball, but Yunel Escobar just made the best play by a SS I've seen all year.— David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA) July 25, 2013
Escobar's flip was one of the sickest plays we've seen all year, and we can't wait to see what he does next.